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04/20/2012

Government contracting event in Dallas next week

Small business owners wanting to do business with federal, state and local government buyers and large prime contractors can attend the free VIP Contract Connections event Wednesday in Dallas.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott Dallas City Center, 650 N. Pearl St.

At least 30 government buyers and large prime contractors are confirmed, including the city of Dallas procurement department, Air Force, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Northrop Grumman, Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth office and the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The event is hosted by American Express OPEN’s Victory in Procurement program. For more information, on online to http://bit.ly/HpyIKJ.

 _ Sandra Baker

 

 

AllianceTexas announces job fair date

Jobseekers will have the chance to meet with representatives from the more than 40 companies in the AllianceTexas development in north Fort Worth at a job fair Friday, April 27.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas Motor Speedway’s Speedway Club, at 3545 Lone Star Circle. It is sponsored by Hillwood, the Alliance Opportunity Center and Workforce Solution for Tarrant County.

Among the companies participating are AIG, CK Technologies, Bridgestone, Cinemark, Deloitte University/Benchmark Hospitality, DynCorp International, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, GE Transportation, Grainger, Hawaiian Falls, JCPenney, KRAFT Foods, Kroger, Lockheed Martin, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Michaels Stores, Nationwide Insurance, RECARO Aircraft Seating, Texas Health Resources, Texas Instruments, Tom Thumb and Tucker Rocky.

Positions likely will range from warehouse/manufacturing/distribution staff, forklift operators, logistics professionals, financial service professionals, administrative professionals, food service staff, commercial drivers, call center operators, hospitality staff, bank tellers and customer service representatives.

"Corporate residents continue to relocate and expand at AllianceTexas because this region offers access to one of the most abundant and qualified labor forces in the nation," said Mike Berry, Hillwood president.

The job fair is the final segment of the 2012 North American Workforce Symposium being held on Thursday by Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and Hillwood Properties. The event brings together business leaders, educational partners and community organizations to ensure a vibrant supply of trained and certified personnel for the manufacturing, supply chain and logistics industries.

For more information about the symposium, go online to www.nascocorridor.com/workforcesymposium.

For information on current job openings or the AllianceTexas Hiring Fair, go online to www.AllianceOpportunityCenter.com or call the Alliance Opportunity Center at 817-548-5274.

_ Sandra Baker

Texas, Fort Worth-Arlington jobless rates drop in March, Workforce Commission says

Texas added 10,900 jobs in March, the Texas Workforce Commission says this morning. Click here to read the st0ry at star-telegram.com.

- Scott Nishimura

 

04/17/2012

H&M opening at Grapevine Mills

H&M, the popular worldwide fashion retailer that entered Texas recently with stores at NorthPark Center and the Galleria in Dallas, is opening a 24,000-square-foot store at Grapevine Mills, the mall and company said Tuesday afternoon.

The store will take the closed Books-A-Million space near Entry No. 2, next to the Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Rainforest Cafe, Simon Property Group, owner of Grapevine Mills, said.

The store will open in the fall, Robyn Hankerson, a spokeswoman for Grapevine Mills, said.

"The date right now is not confirmed," she siad.

H&M has 2,500 stores and 94,000 employees worldwide.

It wasn’t clear whether the Grapevine Mills store will be different in format, presentation and merchandise than the ones in Dallas. Hankerson deferred to H&M, which could not be reached late Tuesday.

Grapevine Mills, which touts itself as the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Texas, has more than 180 stores. Hankerson said Grapevine Mills wasn’t disclosing current figures on the mall’s occupancy.

H&M sells apparel for women, men, teens and children, including graphic T-shirts, men’s suits, accessories and outerwear.

- Scott Nishimura

Schnurman: Why is Texas runnin' scared?

A Texas brag ain’t what it used to be.

Comptroller Susan Combs visited Arlington Monday for a community meeting and displayed some charts of threats to the state economy. They showed high debt loads for local governments and rapid growth in public education spending.

The big scare was a Medicaid poster that projected a doubling in the number of enrollees, if the healthcare law is upheld. Keep the status quo, and Medicaid’s share of the Texas budget would almost double by 2023, according to Combs’ pie chart.

That would squeeze education, so she warned schools to think ahead.

“Are you really being innovative, collaborative (and) cooperative, given that Medicaid is coming?” she asked.

It was an odd tone, because politicians usually emphasize the positive, and Texas is expanding. Sales tax collections are up by strong double-digits, with great gains in oil and gas production, and car sales.

Medicaid costs are looming next year, because lawmakers didn’t fund the program fully in the last session. But the big expansion of healthcare doesn’t kick in until 2014, if then, and the feds are paying for most of it.

-- Mitchell Schnurman

 

Texas Health Resources focuses efforts on patient behavior

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources said Tuesday it has partnered with a national health-promotion company to "dramatically change the way health care is accessed by and delivered to the people of North Texas." THR and Healthways said their 10-year agreement strives to "enable individuals to become active participants in their well-being rather than simply consumers of health care services."

"We think this could become a model for other communities across the nation," said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of THR, which says it treats more patients than any other North Texas health care system. Its 24 hospitals include the Harris Methodist and Presbyterian properties, as well as Arlington Memorial Hospital and other facilities. "We are leading the way to a new model of health services based on a physician-directed care team approach designed to keep people healthy and out of hospitals except when they are acutely sick or injured," Hawthorne said.

-- Jim Fuquay

04/16/2012

THR, Adventist talk joint venture to run Huguley

Huguley Memorial Medical Center would be owned and operated by a joint venture between its current owner, Adventist Health System, and Arlington-based Texas Health Resources if a plan currently being discussed by the parties is completed. THR today confirmed that it and Adventist have signed a letter of intent to form a company tp jointly run Huguley, a 213-bed general hospital just east of Interstate 35W in far south Fort Worth. Huguley, which also operates rehab, hospice, nursing and fitness centers at the site, opened in 1977.

Adventist and Huguley representatives were not available for immediate comment. Adventist Health System, based in Florida, calls itself the largest Protestant not-for-profit healthcare provider with 43 campuses in 12 states. THR is North Texas’ second-largest health system and operates Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial facilities.

-- Jim Fuquay

 

04/11/2012

Hillwood Communities buys land in East Texas town of Fate

Hillwood Communities, a Perot company, said it has bought 62 acres in the Woodcreek master planned community in Fate from developer John Baker.

Hillwood Communities will develop about 216 home sites, with average home prices expected to be around $250,000. The lots will be ready for home-building in summer 2013, Hillwood said.

Drees Custom Homes has already been building in Woodcreek and is expected to continue doing so on the Hillwood lots. Hillwood expects to announce an additional builder.

Woodcreek is near Interstate 30, Highway 66 and Texas 190 and is in the Rockwall school district.

The community has a swimming pool, playgrounds, clubhouse, fitness center, fishing pond and walking trails.

Since 1988, Hillwood Communities has built 70 communities throughout the U.S. and Costa Rica, developing more than 22,000 lots. Right now, the company has 34 communities in 28 cities and seven states.

_ Sandra Baker

Mattress Firm hooking up with Mattress Giant

Two big mattress retailers are jumping into bed together.

Mattress Firm announced Tuesday it will acquire Dallas-based Mattress Giant for approximately $47 million in cash, adding 180 stores in Texas and Florida.

Last year, Houston-based Mattress Firm acquired 55 stores from Mattress Giant in the Atlanta, St. Louis and Minneapolis markets.

The company expects to complete the transaction in its fiscal second quarter, which will end on July 31.

Mattress Firm says it plans to rebrand substantially all of the Mattress Giant stores at a cost of $80,000 to $85,000 per store. The company hopes to have initial rebranding in place for the peak summer selling season, and to complete store renovations by the start of fiscal 2013.

Mattress Giant has five stores in Fort Worth, as well as locations in Arlington, Watauga, Hurst, Eusless, Burleson and Mansfield.

-- Steve Kaskovich

04/10/2012

Bank posts unsold Southlake luxury show home for foreclosure

SOUTHLAKE — One of four featured luxury homes in the 2010 Tarrant County Kaleidoscope of Homes show is scheduled for the May foreclosure auction.

The 7,500-square-foot home at 1916 Tennyson Lane in the exclusive Shady Oaks development, just north of Southlake Boulevard on Shady Oaks Drive, was built by Venetian Custom Homes in Southlake. The home was completed for the show, but it did not sell.

The homebuilder is now arrears on the $1.4 million note it took out with Southwest Securities Bank on the five-bedroom, five-bathroom property, which posted the foreclosure notice. Unless the debt is cured, or the bank pulls the sale, the bank is scheduled to foreclose May 1.

Shane Golden, owner of Venetian Custom Homes, could not be reached immediately for comment.

At the time of the show, the house was listed for nearly $2.2 million. The price has been lower a couple of times since then and is now listed for $1.59 million, according to online real estate listings.

Kaleidoscope of Homes in a fund-raising event of the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association. The 2010 event was the organization’s 20th anniversary show.

Two of the four houses did sell, one in May 2011 and the other in November 2011. The fourth is still for sale, but its price has been dropped, to $1.7 million from the $2.1 million initial listing price, online listings show.

Golden founded Venetian Custom Homes in 2002. In 2010, Golden’s company donated the remodeling of a Euless home for a 32-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair. The project was featured on an NBC home improvement show.

_ Sandra Baker

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